The Global Supply Chain Classroom (GSCC) is an initiative established by the Sino-American Logistics Council, with the support of top logistics and supply chain universities from around the world. The vision for GSCC is to be the leading knowledge platform for global educators, professionals, and academic institutions to improve the quality of supply chain services through education at the college and university level. We have been developing educational programs and facilitating academic cooperation between developed and developing economies in the field of logistics and supply chain management for over 20 years.
The GSCC platform allows the global academic community to collaborate on research to solve complex problems facing the global supply chain and international issues like sustainability, application of technology, food logistics, multimodal transport, and international trade facilitation.
The International Center for Transport Diplomacy™ (ICTD), was inaugurated on October 30, 2018, at the UN Headquarters in New York within the framework of the High-Level Roundtable on Sustainable Transport and Mobility. ICTD has General Consultative status with UN ECOSOC, and performs a variety of functions - from the promotion of multimodal transit corridors and digitalization of the global supply chains (via the introduction of the Global Transit Document™) to introducing the “Greenovative®” solutions into transport infrastructure development. Special attention is devoted to Human Resources development through the publication of the first-ever manual on Transport Diplomacy™ for universities, and special online learning programs and courses for civil servants and businesses. ICTD was actively involved in the creation of the “Group of Friends of Sustainable Transport” in the UN Headquarters in New York in 2022 and serves as its Secretariat.
The United Nations Group of Friends for Sustainable Transport was launched on July 6, 2022, by the Permanent Mission of Turkmenistan to the United Nations at a meeting attended by more than 90 representatives of UN member states. The overall aim was to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable transport, and the exchange of ideas and views, best practices, etc. on national and regional levels.
The first-ever United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference was convened in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on November 26, 2016, by UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon. The conference brought together key stakeholders from Governments, the UN system and other international organizations, the private sector, and civil society to engage in a dialogue that emphasizes the integrated and cross-cutting nature of sustainable transport and its multiple roles in supporting the achievement of the SDGs. All modes of transport – road, rail, aviation, ferry, and maritime – were addressed. The outcome was the “Ashgabat Statement” supporting cleaner, greener transportation – from local transit systems to worldwide multimodal networks was endorsed by more than 50 countries.
The second United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference, themed on “Sustainable Transport, Sustainable Development”, took place from October 14 to 16 2021 in Beijing, China. UN Secretary-General António Guterres stressed that “The next nine years must see a global shift towards renewable energy. Sustainable transport is central to that transformation”. An important outcome of the conference was the “Beijing Statement of the Second United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference“ which underpins the importance of transport for achieving the global climate and sustainable development goals and calls for more and enhanced international cooperation, as well as capacity-building and knowledge exchange among countries to advance sustainable transport technology and innovation and learn from good practices.